Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic Certificate Courses

Award: Certificate
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer
Enrollment Status: Full-time only

The following list of courses is from the current catalog year, organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student, and is subject to change.

If you are a current student your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. View your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and to search and register for classes.

Required Background Screenings

Prior to the first day of classes, you will be required to complete:

  • drug screening,
  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

Failing a drug screening or background check will result in dismissal from the program.

Required Certification

Prior to the first day of classes, you will be required to be a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and present a certificate from the Iowa Bureau of EMS.

Program Course Note

You must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses that are required to complete the program.

Semester 1
EMS541 Clinical I 3
EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment 4
EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine 3
EMS671 Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology 3
EMS678 Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic 3

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Total Credits 16
Semester 2
EMS546 Clinical II 3
EMS650 Medical and Psychological Emergencies 4
EMS674 Cardiology for the Paramedic 4
EMS677 Special Populations for the Paramedic 4

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Total Credits 15
Semester 3
EMS655 Transition to Paramedic Practice 4

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Total Credits 4

Program Contacts

Program Coordinator/Advisor

John Cockrell
Health Education and Services Center 217C
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Bryan Renfro
Black Hawk Hall 180
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